Tucson Festival of Books

When Politics Get Personal


Authors Jamil Kochai, Rasheed Newson, and Alejandro Varela will discuss how they use fiction to humanize and comment on historical events and current social issues.


Panelists
Jamil Kochai

Jamil Jan Kochai is the author of "The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories," a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction. His novel "99 Nights in Logar" was a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature....

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Rasheed Newson

Rasheed Newson is a writer and producer of "Bel-Air," "The Chi," and "Narcos." He currently resides in Pasadena, Calif. with his husband and two children. "My Government Means to Kill Me" is his debut novel....

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Alejandro Varela

Alejandro Varela’s (he/him) work has appeared in the Point Magazine, Boston Review, Harper’s, and the Offing, among others outlets. Varela is an editor-at-large of Apogee Journal....

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Books:
The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories
Jamil Kochai
Fiction / Literature
Penguin
July 2022
ISBN 9780593297193
288 pages

My Government Means to Kill Me
A Novel
Rasheed Newson
Fiction / Literature
Flatiron Books
August 2022
ISBN 9781250833525
288 pages

The Town of Babylon
A Novel
Alejandro Varela
Fiction / Literature
Astra Publishing House
March 2022
ISBN 9781662601033
320 pages